Magna Carta

Magna Carta

Magna Carta

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Edition Details

  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): David Carpenter
  • Biografical Information: David Carpenter, who has translated the text of Magna Carta and written the text of this edition, is Professor of Medieval History at King's College, London. He is the author of The Struggle for Mastery in Britain, 1066-1284, a volume in the Penguin History of Britain series.
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: London, England ; New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2015. ©2015
  • Publication Type (Medium): History
  • Type: Book
  • Other titles: Magna Carta.
    Magna Carta.
  • Series title: Penguin classics.
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Short Description

XVI, 594 pages : map ; 20 cm.

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, Magna Carta is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: with a new commentary by David Carpenter.
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Copyright Date: 2015
  • Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 8 editions
  • First edition Date: 2015
  • Last edition Date: 2015
  • Languages: English
  • Language Notes: Includes the text of the Magna Carta in Latin and English on facing pages (pages 36-69).
  • Library of Congress Code: KJE947
  • Dewey Code: 342.4
  • ISBN: 9780241953372 0241953375
  • OCLC: 893894968

Publisher Description:

For its 800th anniversary, a new edition of one of democracy's founding legal documents, with extensive new commentary
Wrested by rebellious barons from a very reluctant King John,_Magna Carta_set out a series of rights and duties that have been appealed to, ignored, suppressed, and argued about ever since. Here, David Carpenter's forceful new translation is accompanied by extensive commentary that sheds new light on this ILlustrious legal document.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700_titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the_series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date_translations by award-winning translators.

Main Contents

Magna Carta : the documents
The chapters, contents and text of Magna Carta
King John and the sources for his reign
Magna Carta and society : women, peasants, Jews, the towns and the Church
Magna Carta and society : earls, barons, knights and free tenants
Magna Carta and the structure of royal government
The rule of the king : John and his predecessors
Standards of judgement
Resistance, 1212-1215
The development of the opposition programme
The enforcement and failure of the Charter
The revival of the Charter, 1216-1225
Did Magna Carta make a difference?

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